SA grain producers urged to take the ‘Spray Pledge’

Grain Producers SA (GPSA) and CropLife Australia have teamed up to launch a new initiative for grain producers in South Australia to take the ‘Responsible Spray Applicator Pledge’.

South Australian grain producers are being encouraged to take the voluntary pledge to demonstrate they are using best practice when spraying agrichemicals on-farm by visiting spraypledge.com.au.

Grain Producers SA Chief Executive Officer Brad Perry said this national-first initiative is designed to highlight and reward grain producers who are applying agrichemicals responsibly.

“We know that a majority of grain producers using agrichemical are applying it diligently, but we also know that spray drift incidents are occurring in South Australia, particularly where broadacre and horticulture co-exist,” said Mr Perry.

“The ‘Spray Pledge’ campaign encourages grain producers to refresh their knowledge on the application of agrichemicals and highlights those producers who continue to do the right thing.

“It is pleasing to be able to deliver this campaign with the support of CropLife Australia, which represents the innovators, developers, manufacturers, formulators, suppliers and registrants of crop protection and ag-biotechnology products.”
CropLife Australia Chief Executive Officer Matthew Cossey said pesticides are crucial to modern integrated pest management methods.

“CropLife’s members invest billions of dollars each year into the research and development of innovative products, allowing farmers to access economically viable and environmentally sustainable crop protection solutions,” said Mr Cossey.

“This investment has resulted in improvements in on-target application that reduces the risk of pesticide drift occurring.

“CropLife also has developed stewardship programs like SprayBEST, produced in partnership with the Australian Ground Sprayers Association, to equip farmers, spray applicators and environmental land managers with the latest advice and resources for efficient spray application and effective spray drift management.

“Ultimately, we are on the same page when it comes to spray drift mitigation. And we can achieve this common goal when combining StewardshipFirst best-practice initiatives with the leadership demonstrated by applicators in South Australia who are committed to being world best.”

The Pledge features a series of multiple-choice questions designed to educate producers and concludes with the producer taking the ‘Spray Pledge’.

Once the grain producer has completed the pledge, they will be sent a ‘Spray Pledge Pack’ which includes a letter, certificate, corflute and bumper sticker, as well a $100 voucher.

To undertake the ‘Spray Pledge’, visit www.spraypledge.com.au

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